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Changing Asia

Changing Asia and the EU

By Fraser Cameron

28 October 2019

Changing Asia – EU Struggling for influence


The following reflects talks with a wide range of stakeholders in several Asian countries (Japan, Korea, China, Singapore, Thailand) over the past month. 

The dominant issue everywhere is the rise of China and its implications for the region as well as each individual country. A related concern is the unpredictability of the Trump administration – his outspoken attacks on the alliances with Japan/Korea, his admiration and friendships with Xi and Kim – and US goals via-a-vis China. 

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Hong Kong

Hong Kong - What Now?

By Fraser Cameron

22 October 2019

The Hong Kong crisis – what now? 

The demonstrations in Hong Kong have now been going on for several months and are becoming more violent. Molotov cocktails have been thrown at the police who have responded by firing warning shots with live ammunition. Last week a protestor was shot and a policeman stabbed. This is highly unusual as Hong Kong has no tradition of violent protests.

As tensions mount between the public and police, Hong Kong’s chief executive, Carrie Lam, is struggling to restore order and find a solution. If she fails, Beijing has threatened to intervene — a move that could bring to an end what remains of the 'one country, two systems' model that was agreed when Britain returned sovereignty to China in 1997. Meanwhile Hong Kong is losing business to rival cities and tourists are staying away. 

With local elections scheduled for 24 November, there is considerable uncertainty about the future. A sweeping victory for the Pan Democratic movement would further complicate matters.

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In Privacy We Trust - Can Europe Lead in AI?

By Antti Tulonen

30 September 2019

The EU should not emulate the lax regulatory approach of China or the US to compete, but to leverage its pioneering privacy rules as a competitive advantage.

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The EU and Hong Kong

By David Hutt

23 August 2019

23 August 2019

In our latest opinion editorial, political journalist David Hutt considers what the implications of the ongoing protests in Hong Kong may be for the Sino-European relationship, and how the EU ought to respond.

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Hong Kong Demonstrations Highlight Governance Flaws

By Simon Henderson

23 July 2019

The massive protests against the extradition law in Hong Kong reveal how the Hong Kong government’s approach to policy making is plagued by a disconnect with the views of Hong Kong people, argues Simon Henderson, a Hong Kong-based human rights lawyer.

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Continuity Marks EU-China Relations

By Fraser Cameron

17 July 2019

The new European Union leadership is unlikely to change the current trend in EU-China relations, which are based on a pragmatic mix of cooperation and competition. At the same time, the leaders will have to give priority to a number of pressing domestic concerns.

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ASEAN-EU Relations: It Takes Two To Tango

By Fraser Cameron

8 July 2019

8 July 2019

Director of the EU-Asia Centre Fraser Cameron holds hope for the future of ASEAN-EU partnership despite the recent setbacks.

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Demographic changes ahead for Beijing – risks and opportunities


27 May 2019

This policy brief aims to provide a concise overview of the projected negative growth and rapid ageing of China’s population - including possible implications for Europe.

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Gotta Serve Somebody? Not Necessarily: Europe in the US-China Crossfire

By Plamen Tonchev

3 May 2019

Plamen Tonchev argues that the U.S.-China-EU triangle, even though based on inherently competitive relations and even rivalry, remains a global arrangement, whereby each side needs allies, depending on the issue at stake.

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Eu-Asia Centre

Is Europe Finally Rising to the China Challenge?


17 April 2019

Last week’s EU-China summit taught Europe that acting in harmony pays off. But can Europe’s unity last?

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